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The Difference Between Septic and Sewer

Wastewater management is a crucial part of civilization, and there are two primary ways we deal with it: sewer systems and septic systems. Understanding these two systems is essential for making informed choices about how we manage our household wastewater. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we'll compare and contrast sewer systems and septic systems.

Whether your building is connected to the centralized sewer system or an on-site septic system, the professionals at Rooter Hero can help when you face plumbing issues. Our plumbing service ranges from routine maintenance and plumbing inspections to sewer repair and sewer line replacements. Call Rooter Hero to hire a uniformed plumber today.

What You Need to Know About Sewer Systems

Sewer systems handle the bulk of the wastewater management. They are found in big cities and most suburbs. They're the big, centralized systems that serve entire communities. Here's what you need to know:

  • Centralized Collection: Sewer systems use a network of underground pipes that collect all the wastewater from houses, businesses, and other sources. The sewer line draws up all the waste and wastewater then transports them to a central treatment plant.
  • Treatment Facilities: Once the waste and wastewater arrives at the treatment plant, they undergo a series of processes to clean it up. These processes can include physical, chemical, and biological treatments.
  • Low Maintenance: You don't have to worry about maintaining the sewer system in your neighborhood. The local government takes care of it, and you contribute by paying sewer fees or taxes to fund its operation.

A Little About Septic Systems

In rural and some suburban areas, it's a whole different story. These are places where sewer systems aren't available, and septic systems step in to save the day. For twenty percent of homeowners in the United States, a septic system treats the waste and wastewater produced on the property.

Each property with a septic system has its mini wastewater treatment setup. It consists of two main parts: a septic tank and a drain field.

Solid waste and wastewater from your house flows into a septic tank. There, the solids settle down, and bacteria get to work breaking waste down into space-saving sludge. Meanwhile, the wastewater, or liquid effluent, readily flow out of the tank and on toward the drain field.

The drain field is a system of pipes and trenches buried in your yard. The liquid effluent from the septic tank gets released into the soil here. The ground naturally treats the water further, making it safer.

Property Owners are Responsible for Septic System Maintenance!

With septic systems, the responsibility falls on homeowners. You have to maintain your system, which includes regular inspections and occasional pumping. If you neglect routine maintenance, problems like clogs or system failures can pop up.

Property Owners are Also Responsible for Sewer Lines!

Though we said the sewer system treats all waste and wastewater in the system, and local government is responsible for maintaining it, the sewer line buried on YOUR property is YOUR responsibility. So, if the sewer line connecting your home to the public road is damaged, then you must arrange repairs.

If you need a dependable plumber in uniform, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air to speak with a live representative. We are happy to answer questions and address any concerns you may have.

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